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This story begins the year 2003, in the city of Southampton, UK. After unknowingly saying "yes" to perform at an 'open record decks' event in Southampton at the age of 19, Tom 'Uplifter' Earwaker brought along some percussion, a small box of Reggae, Dub & Ska LP's and a pair of Walkman headphones. That night ignited a spark which not only led to The Uplifter subsequently later becoming a well respected part of the UK Reggae & Dub scene for over a decade - it also had a profound effect on the path in which Tom's life would take from then on... With countless live shows, vinyl releases and tours taking him around the globe from New York to Croatia to New Zealand and many a road in between...

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The Uplifter at The Talking Heads

The Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton

The Uplifter is back at it's favourite venue!

NEWS FLASH! These shows in 2016 are taking a new tack... Shows in 2016 at the new Talking Heads START AND FINISH EARLIER Which to be honest, we're quite excited about. People who travel to the shows can easily get to the train station before last train (station less than 10 mins walk) and we get to finish the show at a sociable hour rather than leaving at around 6am once we're all packed away :D

So, here are the details:

Show starts - 7:30pm Show finishes - 11:30pm Trains - Southampton Central 10 mins walk

Venue Address: The Talking Heads 16-22 The Polygon Southampton Hampshire SO15 2BN United Kingdom

Tel: 02380 361970

I can't shout from the roof tops enough about the following: 1. The new Talking Heads venue looks and sounds AMAZING 2. The location of the venue is a stones throw away from the train station with ample parking 3. The staff at the venue are PROPER LOVELY :) 4. We genuinely can't wait!

  • Did I dream that I saw Ernest Ranglin play live in Basingstoke last night? #Reggae #ErnestRanglin #Guitar #GuitarVeteran #ElectricGuitar #Ska #Rocksteady #Mento #Jamaica #Basingstoke #Uplifter #TheUplifter
    Did I dream that I saw Ernest Ranglin play live in Basingstoke last night? #Reggae #ErnestRanglin #Guitar #GuitarVeteran #ElectricGuitar #Ska #Rocksteady #Mento #Jamaica #Basingstoke #Uplifter #TheUplifter
  • Photo shoot today... I think I brought... too... much... stuff :D #photoshoot #nikon #zomtographer #robluckins #uplifter #theuplifter #photo #cameras
    Photo shoot today... I think I brought... too... much... stuff :D #photoshoot #nikon #zomtographer #robluckins #uplifter #theuplifter #photo #cameras
  • Next @theuplifteruk show coming up at The Talking Heads, Southampton Fri 17th June 2016 :) #uplifter #theuplifteruk #reggae #ska #dub #thetalkingheads #southampton #percussion #rootsreggae #dj #percussionist #reggaeselector
    Next @theuplifteruk show coming up at The Talking Heads, Southampton Fri 17th June 2016 :) #uplifter #theuplifteruk #reggae #ska #dub #thetalkingheads #southampton #percussion #rootsreggae #dj #percussionist #reggaeselector
  • Spreading the word about the brilliant Reggae/Traditional Irish music influenced band @feelgoodcultureofficial with my T-shirt today 😊 My cousin Steve is the singer and guitarist - I encourage you to take a listen :) I can't stop listening to this tune of theirs at the moment - https://youtu.be/tJ-vHlwSres #feelgoodculture #reggae #irish #uplifter #worthing #worthinglido #worthingpier
    Spreading the word about the brilliant Reggae/Traditional Irish music influenced band @feelgoodcultureofficial with my T-shirt today 😊 My cousin Steve is the singer and guitarist - I encourage you to take a listen :) I can't stop listening to this tune of theirs at the moment - https://youtu.be/tJ-vHlwSres #feelgoodculture #reggae #irish #uplifter #worthing #worthinglido #worthingpier
  • I'm sure this is the same for most people with a career in music - Family have a crucially integral part to play in inspiring and pushing you to continue with the pursuit of doing what you love and following your heart... In thinking instinctively not just logically. This man, my uncle, has done nothing but that from as far back as I can remember 😊 #uplifter #family #theuplifter #inspiration
    I'm sure this is the same for most people with a career in music - Family have a crucially integral part to play in inspiring and pushing you to continue with the pursuit of doing what you love and following your heart... In thinking instinctively not just logically. This man, my uncle, has done nothing but that from as far back as I can remember 😊 #uplifter #family #theuplifter #inspiration
http://instagram.com/theuplifteruk

Cats, pasta and photo shoots... 


Not too long ago, my buddy Rob Luckins came over and we spent the day running around Southampton on a photos shoot... No plan, just see what happens. We got some really cool shots which I'll slowly release over time. You should check out Rob's excellent website and Facebook page, oh and he has a Tumblr blog page too! I can't exactly remember how I met Rob but we've known each other for a long time, and in that time he's taken some really nice photos with all sorts of cameras. He's got a brilliant set of gear from digital cameras to medium format and old school concertina/bellow cameras. Here are a couple of shots he took way back in 2011.


If you need photos taken professionally, Rob's your man.  


I'm hoping to get Rob along to some live shows to take some live shots. So far, we've just worked on promotional photos for posters etc.

More to come :)